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This nozzle extrudes liquid as a sheet, which fractures into droplets whose size can be predicted by a new formula. Credit: S. Kooij et al./Phys. Rev. X

What determines the droplet size in sprays?

A spray nozzle produces a range of droplet sizes that can often be summarized by a single number. Which single number is appropriate to use...
A droplet, splashing onto the tip of a very thin rod, produces a rim of fluid that sprays smaller droplets as it expands. Courtesy of the researchers

New theory describes intricacies of a splashing droplet

When a raindrop tumbles to the ground, it can sprinkle go down in a crown-like sheet, showering little droplets from its edge before sinking...